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June 5, 2009 / compassioninpolitics

Top Future Trends in Educational Technology and E-learning

Education Technology 2.0 Future Trends for 2010

Fundamental Trends in Content

1) The Newspapers are dying…

2) Mass media is going micro (Hulu + blogs + twitter)

3) Characteristics of the old model of learning (top-down banking model, one way, based in classroom, only for elites)

Thirty cultural and technology trends which shape the e-learning environment

1) Video (flip camera, mobile devices, skype type communication)
2) Mass Customization + Software as Service (Saas)
3) 2 Way Communication (We the Media via blog and podcast)
4) Social Learning (Facebook + Ning + Wiki) John Dewey
5) Hands On Learning + Virtual Project Management
6) Information overload
7) Mobile and iPhone (Handheld)
8} Fundamental cultural and generational shift (Digital Natives)
9) Real time distance learning (Skype + Oovoo)
10) Findability for academic content
11) Entirely new communication + interaction + business models
12) Outsourcing in the labor force (Guru)
13) Simulation (World of Warcraft)
14) Crowd power and crowd sourced education (News, Digg, Yahoo Buzz, Threadless)
15) Short attention spans
16) Distributed content
17) Global/Local
18) Really Simple Syndication (RSS)
19) Widgets (Sprout)
20) Personalized + Socialized experience (Google)
21) Personal branding and slash careers (micro-enterprise, micro-sourcing)
22) New Organizations and Movements (Unconferences of every shape and variety, Tweet Ups, Coworking, Jelly, Tech Stars)
23) Micro-movements
24) Social sharing (delicious, Digg, Stumbleupon, DocStoc, Scribed) and social media optimization
25) Rapid pace of change
26) Freemium and hybrid business models
27) Corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship
28) Flat earth + Spikyness
29) User generated content (Amazon, wikipedia, flickr, Threadless)
30) Re-mix culture

I’m hoping to post a presentation on Slideshare which better communicates these ideas (including ideas like play, story, design, back of the napkin, transparency, privacy and identity) I’ll also have to add these business trends from Trendwatching like perpetual beta.

Elearning Magazine recently featured several prognostications from education technology and e-learning industry experts for 2010 and beyond:

2009 will be “The Year of Implementing 2.0.” Previous years have been spent getting our industry to see new Web technologies as having powerful learning applications. Early adopters have experimented with mobile, gaming, wikis, social networks, and others, and they have paved the way for others to follow. My advice to the e-learning community this year is to pay very close attention to the culture in which you are implementing. Ignoring the impact on culture will be the Achilles’ heel of e-learning implementations in 2009.
—Brent Schlenker, New Media and Emerging Technologies Analyst, The eLearning Guild, USA

In 2009 learning professionals will start to move beyond using Web 2.0 only for “rogue,” informal learning projects and start making proactive plans for how to apply emerging technologies as part of organization-wide learning strategy. In a recent Chapman Alliance survey, 39 percent of learning professionals say they don’t use Web 2.0 tools at all; 41 percent say they use them for “rogue” projects (under the radar screen); and only 20 percent indicate they have a plan for using them on a regular basis for learning. Early adopters such as Sun Microsystems and the Peace Corp have made changes that move Web 2.0 tools to the front-end of the learning path, while still using structured learning (LMS and courseware) as critical components of their learning platforms.
—Bryan Chapman, Chief Learning Strategist and Industry Analyst, Chapman Alliance, USA

There are three reasons why e-learning will continue to grow in 2009: (1) The economy is tanking. More and more companies will be attempting to achieve cost savings using e-learning technologies. (2) As students attempt to make better use of their time and money, they will continue to avail themselves of e-learning opportunities. (3) As more and more companies try to establish a reputation for being eco-friendly, they will use e-learning as part of their green initiatives.
—Matt Bovell, Vell Group, USA

For more trend predication check out this extensive list of e-learning trends from World Wide Learn. Of course Dr. Tony Karrar’s list of 10 trends in e-learning is quite on point.

Jane Hart at the Center for Learning and Performance Technologies recently created two excellent slideshares on this topic, which make an argument for social or community oriented learning (e-learning 2.0 if you will) Here is her powerpoint deck for “The future of e-learning is social learning”:

Using Elgg as a Social Learning platform

25 Tools: A Toolbox for Learning Professionals 2009

You can see the rest of her e-learning and social media in education presentations here. Hart’s feature on top 10 tools for e-learning and virtual education is quite helpful, as she allowed several industry experts to weigh in and add their education technology expertise to the conversation.

Thanks to BJ Schone at E-learning weekly who works at Qualcomm for highlighting these two presentations on the future of education technology.

What are your education technology predictions and trends for 2009, 2010, and beyond?


Leave a Comment
  1. compassioninpolitics / Jun 5 2009 9:43 am

    Does anyone have any suggestion for focusing on the top trends???? It seems like I get bogged down in too many details.

    I think teachers need to know what the students of tomorrow are going to be dealing with. And also the world they need to be responding too. And I want to communicate that clearly and succinctly through a power point presentation.

    Should I divide it into two presentations? How?

  2. compassioninpolitics / Jun 14 2009 4:52 am
  3. compassioninpolitics / Jul 7 2009 10:56 pm

    I also suggest checking out this more recent post on 22 trends in education technology and e-learning. Its a fantastic aggregation of the most recent and relevant info on the topic:


  4. compassioninpolitics / Mar 7 2011 6:58 pm

    Here is another slideshare presentation worth checking out:


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